Serena Williams awarded Wimbledon seed as All England Club makes announcement
Serena Williams has been awarded the no 25 seed for this years Wimbledon.
Williams was controversially stripped of her world No 1 ranking after missing 12 months of action to give birth to her first child.
The American returned to play her first Grand Slam in over a year at the French Open earlier this month.
But she started the competition unseeded and was forced to play two top-20 players in the opening three rounds.
Wimbledon is the only major tournament which currently has rules in place to break the mould of seeding players based solely on their WTA rating.
And they have taken exception in this instance to allow the seven-time champion a strong chance to reach the latter rounds.
The decision to award Williams a seed means world No 32 Dominika Cibulkova misses out.
Serena Williams has discovered her Wimbledon fate
And she thinks it is unfair to be punished after working hard to climb the rankings.
"I don't think it's the right thing to do,” she said.
“I think it's just not fair. I have tried and I should be seeded. If they put her in front of me then I will lose my spot that I am supposed to have.
"I was a former number four, and it's also like why should I not be seeded if I have the right to be?"
Williams is a former world No 1
The 2018 Wimbledon Women's seedings
1 HALEP, Simona (ROU)
2 WOZNIACKI, Caroline (DEN)
3MUGURUZA, Garbiñe (ESP)
4 STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)
5 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)
6 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)
7 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)
8 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)
9 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)
10 KEYS, Madison (USA)
11 KERBER, Angelique (GER)
12 OSTAPENKO, Jelena (LAT)
13 GOERGES, Julia (GER)
14 KASATKINA, Daria (RUS)
15 MERTENS, Elise (BEL)
16 VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA)
17 BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS)
18 OSAKA, Naomi (JPN)
19 RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena (SVK)
20 BERTENS, Kiki (NED)
21 SEVASTOVA, Anastasija (LAT)
22 KONTA, Johanna (GBR)
23 STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)
24 SHARAPOVA, Maria (RUS)
25 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)
26 GAVRILOVA, Daria (AUS)
27 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)
28 KONTAVEIT, Anett (EST)
29 BUZARNESCU, Mihaela (ROU)
30 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS)
31 ZHANG, Shuai (CHN)
32 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL)